Profile: Lenette Azzi-Lessing

Associate Professor

Lenette Azzi-Lessing, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Division of Social Work, Leadership, and Public Policy at Wheelock College, Boston. She is the founder and director of Wheelock’s Graduate Certificate Program in Early Childhood Mental Health and faculty leader of the college’s South Africa Partnership for Early Childhood Development. She joined the faculty after more than 25 years as a front-line social worker, non-profit administrator, and policy advocate.
Before coming to Wheelock, Dr. Azzi-Lessing served as Executive Director of Children’s Friend, which provides a wide range of services to Rhode Island’s most vulnerable children and their families. She founded one of the nation’s first programs for drug and alcohol-affected families in the child protective system, and twice received the Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Azzi-Lessing’s recent publications include articles in 'Social Work' and 'Infant Mental Health Journal'. Oxford University Press will publish her book on the effects of U.S. policies on highly vulnerable young children, in the fall of 2016.

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The Hidden Harms of the US Foster-Care System

Firestorms regarding child-protective systems have become sadly commonplace, occurring recently in Massachusetts, Colorado and Florida. Elected officials and the general public often don’t pay much attention to child protection systems until a child dies in a family known to the state agency charged with protecting children at risk.

Category: Social Awareness

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